It is important to avoid burning bridges because you never know when a connection will help open doors to your next opportunity. Sydney Watkins has discovered this first hand as she prepares to open the doors to her own Express Employment Professionals office in Alexandria, VA.
After nine years of owning her own consulting company and traveling every month, Watkins decided she was tired of traveling and ready to find an opportunity that would allow her to remain in one location. Soon after, Watkins learned about Express from a past connection.
Eighteen years ago, Tachita Saunders joined Watkin’s sales team at a pharmaceutical company where she had success. After leaving for new opportunities, Watkins and Saunders stayed in communication and as Saunders began her journey to open her own Express office in Jacksonville, FL, she shared stories about her positive experiences. Hearing these stories piqued Watkin’s interest and led her to email the Franchise Sales team at Express to learn more.
“What stuck out to me was Express providing a rewarding opportunity to help people find jobs and support themselves,” said Watkins.
With a Ph.D. in health psychology from Walden University, Watkins is excited to use her education in her professional endeavors.
“The opportunity to be an Express owner is creating a marriage between my job and education,” said Watkins. “I know the feeling of desperation from being out of a job for eight months before starting my Ph.D. program. I know how unemployment impacts mental health.”
In addition to her education, Watkins is confident her professional experience will contribute to her success as an Express Franchisee. As well as experience in pharmaceutical sales and healthcare consulting, she owned a career transition company to help professional and collegiate athletes transition from playing sports to working in business. While helping athletes, Watkins became a certified professional resume writer and certified employment and interview professional.
“I know what it is like to work for yourself,” said Watkins. “You have to get out and hustle. I’m a salesperson—I’m tenacious, confident, and persistent. You have to be confident if you want to be a successful salesperson, and I have no doubt I can be successful in this pursuit.”
Watkins will use her tenaciousness, confidence, and persistence as she sets her goals for her first year as an Express Franchisee.
“My first goal is to provide superior service, so we stand out compared to the competition,” said Watkins. “My other goal is to always exceed goals and expectations. I want to hit every milestone before I should.”
As focused as Watkins is, she acknowledges this journey will have its challenges. Her first challenge, relocating from Atlanta, GA, to Alexandria, VA, was navigated with ease. Having completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Watkins remains confident she knows the city and has an established network to build on.
“Being an avid learner, she is excited about the challenges of a new career and feels this opportunity will bring the skills she has acquired over the years full circle,” said Michelle Hamon, Associate Franchise Executive at Express.
A perfect example of everything coming full circle for Watkins is reconnecting with Saunders as they both become Express Franchisees. Although, as Watkins stated, Express has an established process and format to help Franchisees be successful, being able to learn from a close colleague will help her achieve success that much quicker.
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